Sixty Three Days, Four Thousand Miles, One Goal: The Ride Against AIDS


By Rachel Shaheen On June 21, Kate Pipa began the arduous journey of biking 4,000 miles from San Francisco to Boston to raise money and awareness for the fight against HIV/AIDS. Over 63 days, Pipa and six others from throughout the country courageously peddled both their feet and their knowledge of HIV/AIDS epidemic that still largely neglected by many […]

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How to Build Financially Sustainable Social Enterprises

Tra­di­tional busi­nesses find a path to finan­cial sus­tain­abil­ity by grow­ing their rev­enue, improv­ing their gross and oper­at­ing mar­gins, increas­ing their free cash flow, effi­ciently man­ag­ing both cap­i­tal expen­di­tures and work­ing cap­i­tal, and build­ing their asset base. Achiev­ing these finan­cial per­for­mance indi­ca­tors typ­i­cally result in easy access to financ­ing and higher stock prices.

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The Role of Design Thinking in Social Enterprise

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By Dr. Gordon Adomdza It was the morning of July 29, 2013. SEI students on the South Africa field study were gearing up for their “10 Meter View” presentations – a “birds eye view” analysis of their respective client organizations, marking the conclusion of an intensive ten-day design-driven project. Each team of five students utilized design thinking […]

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Thoughts on Business and Social Justice from Archbishop Desmond Tutu


By Dennis Shaughnessy On a late July afternoon in Cape Town, amidst the daily updates on the health of Nelson Mandela, we were blessed to meet with the Archbishop Desmond Tutu, one of four South Africa Nobel Peace Prize winners.  (The other South African Nobel Peace Prize winners being Chief Albert Luthuli, former President F. W. […]

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Caitlin Ferguson’s Work to Promote Sustainable Development in India


By Olivia Allen  Caitlin Ferguson, a 2013 Northeastern University graduate is returning to India for the third time to start The William J. Clinton Fellow for Service in India with the American India Foundation. The ten-month fellowship places young professionals in organizations working to catalyze sustainable development in India within the following sectors: advocacy, education, human rights, […]

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South African Connectivity


By Caitlin Ferguson and Laura Mueller-Soppart Take a walk around any US university campus and you will immediately notice students engrossed in technology; from smartphones to iPads and laptops, you would be hard pressed to find a college student without immediate access to all the internet has to offer. In the majority of the developing world, though, […]

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